Articles posted in December, 2004

FileMaker 6 Unlimited and long file names

Tuesday, December 7th, 2004 • 6:48 am

Another week, another batch of weird bugs and problems in web development… The web site I am currently developing is hosted on an Xserve (G4) running Mac OS X Server 10.3.6. Most of it is powered by WordPress and is compliant with web standards. Some sections of it, however, are still powered by FileMaker 6 […]

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A crucial week for the Gunners

Tuesday, December 7th, 2004 • 3:28 am

It’s a crucial 6 days for the Gunners, whose recent slips have cost them the leadership of the English Premier League and forced them to fight till the end in the Champions’ League, while their EPL rivals Chelsea and Manchester United can afford to field a reserve team and rest key players because they’ve already […]

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iTunes Music Store: Rejects accented characters in mailing address

Friday, December 3rd, 2004 • 5:38 am

Apple could get away with this in the U.S., but in Canada? In a country where French is an official language? If you have any accented characters anywhere in your mailing address, the iTunes Music Store complains: The irony, of course, is that I didn’t type in my mailing address when first using the Canadian […]

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iTunes Music Store: Can’t buy from other countries’ stores

Friday, December 3rd, 2004 • 1:29 am

Talk about “exclusive”… I wanted to buy my very first “exclusive” tracks from the iTunes Music Store this morning. I found a two-track Macy Gray exclusive in the “Exclusives” section of the US iTunes Music Store. So I just clicked to buy it and… I got a message saying that I can only buy stuff […]

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iTunes Music Store: Exclusives sorted by… exclusive name

Friday, December 3rd, 2004 • 12:48 am

This is rather silly. Now that I have access to the iTunes Music Store here in Canada, I wanted to go through all store “exclusives” featuring tracks that are not available on CD… But when I started exploring the “Exclusives” section of the store, I saw that they appeared in a rather random order. Since […]

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Word 2004: In ‘Find and Replace’ window, font format specifications are not preserved properly in ‘Font’ dialog

Thursday, December 2nd, 2004 • 5:14 am

When you are in Word’s “Find and Replace” window, either in the “Find what:” or in the “Replace with:” field, if you go to the “Format” pop-up menu and specify a font (like “Font: Times New Roman“, for example), the next time you return to the same field and invoke the “Font” dialog, Word fails […]

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iTunes Music Store (Canada) is live

Thursday, December 2nd, 2004 • 4:43 am

The Canadian version of the iTunes Music Store is finally up and running. It took a long time and we might never know exactly why. Steve Jobs had announced it for November. Today’s December 2nd. Oh well. Not too bad. First bit of good news is that the typical pricing for individual tracks is $0.99 […]

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Word 2004: Refuses to change the font of a bullet character to Wingdings

Thursday, December 2nd, 2004 • 3:29 am

Only Microsoft can come up with such absurd behaviours/bugs. Type a bullet character in a document using the Times New Roman font — the TrueType font supplied by Microsoft. (On my Canadian CSA keyboard, the bullet is option-shift-8. It might be something else on your keyboard.) Then select the character and try to change the […]

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GarageBand: ‘Save’ doesn’t become inactive after it’s been used

Thursday, December 2nd, 2004 • 1:28 am

This is a perfectly example of how Apple manages to screw up even the most basic stuff when putting out new software that has been supposedly built from scratch and should at the very least comply with the most fundamental standards of UI design. If you have a music file open in GarageBand and press […]

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CSS: text-transform: inherit; causes Explorer 5 crash

Wednesday, December 1st, 2004 • 6:27 am

I am telling you, when you design web sites that make use of CSS, you encounter some pretty weird bugs. I had a couple of pages on my web site that would systematically cause Explorer for Mac (version 5.2.3) to crash while loading them. The pages loaded just fine in Safari, Camino, etc. These pages […]

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